Bust of Selina Countess of Huntingdon (1707-1791),

on the memorial she had created for her husband

Theophilus Hastings, 9th Earl of Huntingdon,

in the Hastings Chapel, St. Helen’s Parish Church,

Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire.

Her body lies in the Hastings family vault.

The Countess’s grandson, the Marquess of Hastings,

became Governor General of India from 1812 to 1823.

By abolishing Press censorship within the Presidency in 1818

he effectively allowed missionaries to evangelise and to

print Bibles. Before both activities had been banned.

Previously Carey, Marshman and Ward could only

evangelise and print Bibles in the Danish settlement

of Serampore.

R. Ellis.

R. Ellis.

A 19th century brass memorial to Selina in front of the altar

at St. Helen’s Parish Church.